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capitulum

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noun ca·pit·u·lum \kə-ˈpi-chə-ləm\

Definition of capitulum

plural capitulaplay \-lə\

  1. 1 :  a rounded protuberance of an anatomical part (as a bone)

  2. 2 :  a racemose inflorescence (as of the sunflower) with the axis shortened and dilated to form a rounded or flattened cluster of sessile flowers — see inflorescence illustration



Origin of capitulum

New Latin, from Latin, small head — more at chapter


First Known Use: circa 1755


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capitulum

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noun ca·pit·u·lum \-ə-ləm\

Medical Definition of capitulum

plural capitula \-lə\play

  1. :  a rounded protuberance of an anatomical part: asa:  the knob at the end of a bone or cartilageb:  the beak of a tick composed of the mouthparts and palpi




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